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Girl In Progress Reviews

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Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 10, 2012
Even in all its movie-cuteness, Girl in Progress keeps its feet on the ground just enough to keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 10, 2012
Earnest but forced, [it] has its heart in the right place, but is conspicuously short on brain power.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 10, 2012
Does it pull out all the melodramatic stops toward the end? Does it resolve its many climactic crises too neatly and too sweetly? Yes on both counts. But, then again, what did you expect?
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 10, 2012
A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
May 10, 2012
It plays with the idea that all rebellion is in some sense performed and makes a caricature out of the immature, attention-hungry mother, but it never liberates its characters from their molds.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 10, 2012
This family melodrama is not effective as a star vehicle for the beautiful Eva Mendes, or as a coming of age in the particular context of Hispanic culture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 10, 2012
The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues.
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 10, 2012
Well-intentioned discussion points for Mother's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 10, 2012
Can a single tone-deaf, wince-inducing joke, even one that's repeated, kill a movie? No. Not a good film. But a marginal one that has trouble finding its tone? Let's just say wisecracks about spouse abuse don't help this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 10, 2012
The lack of connective tissue and more explicitly drawn parallels between the storylines drags the pic down to the level of a basic TV series.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2012
Attention, women! You should never sleep with a man whose only attribute is that you want to sleep with him. I should write a book of my own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2012
This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 9, 2012
This is being marketed as an ideal film for moms and daughters to see together on Mother's Day weekend. A long, awkward brunch sounds more fun -- and more truthful.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 9, 2012
A corny, overwritten movie made by a director with nothing to say.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 8, 2012
... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 8, 2012
There's little to complain about here, but there's also little to cheer about. Benignly enjoyable during viewing, the production ultimately takes too few risks.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out
May 8, 2012
Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 8, 2012
A plot with a far too self-conscious main character functioning more as tour guide than dramatically spontaneous protagonist. And a narrative running on a perpetually pouting young teen's social calendar checklist, dragging its way to the finish line.
John Hazelton
Screen International
May 7, 2012
Mendes is appealing as the childlike Grace and Ramirez shows real promise as the serious-minded Ansiedad.
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